With inspiration from my Foundations in Photography peers I have had a practice run at candid street photography. The genre is something that I am not entirely comfortable with, but I travelled to an event where many people expect to be photographed, and there were many photographers around.
My resistance to candid street photography comes from my concerns around consent. I do not like it if people take my photo without my consent, and there were times during this exercise that I felt uncomfortable. I pushed my self, really pushed my limits, and took photos that were distant, and that were in your face. People were walking past me, within inches of me and I took there photos, and I will not be doing that again. Others were more distant, and this felt more comfortable.
The opportunity for candid street portraits was present and I made the most of that. I will publish those separately in my gallery over the next couple of days under the title Goth Festival. I found this a lot easier. On the whole I was more distant from people, and there were a few who also engaged with the camera.
I do find it a little bizarre that I am more comfortable with candid street portraits, however, I think the difference is that the people who I made photos of were dressed up for the festival, they attend twice yearly, and they are used to being photographed, so this moves into event photography which I enjoy.
If I hadn’t been at an event (the whole town gets taken over) then I would find this more difficult. If I were to be practicing street photography upon the general public who were not involved in an event it would be harder. I did take a couple of photos of the general public.
My first attempts were very cautious and I was full of anxiety, but it did become easier as the day progressed.
I will start with the ones tha tI feel were the strongest.